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Chester hires new superintendent of schools


CHESTER — A former Goffstown superintendent of schools has been named to the same post in Chester, according to school officials.

Darrell Lockwood, the current superintendent of the Masconomet Regional School District in Topsfield, Mass., will take over from retiring Chester Superintendent James Gaylord on July 1. Lockwood, 60, served as Goffstown superintendent for 10 years, from 1998 to 2008.

He left the post six years ago to work in Massachusetts and has been the superintendent for Masconomet for four years.

“This is an opportunity for me to return and do some work in New Hampshire, and I’m excited about it,” Lockwood said Thursday.

Lockwood said he had just been offered and accepted the job, which is a part-time position for 156 days annually. When he begins work on July 1, Lockwood plans to have an entry plan in place and will meet with the staff and students.

As for Gaylord, he said he is leaving after more than 25 years in education and is looking forward to retirement.

“I have to retire, and my wife is telling me exactly that,” Gaylord said. This will mark the second time he has retired, he said.

Gaylord has served as Chester’s superintendent of schools for four years. During his tenure, there have been some major projects, including facilities upgrades and the addition of a new textbook series. Chester’s K-8 is one of the leading schools for technology anywhere in the state, he said.

“It has been a good four years, a lot of things have been done, but it’s time to pass the torch on to the next guy who can take it to the next step,” Gaylord said.

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